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         The Profiles and Perspectives in American History project is a five-year U.S. Department of Education funded project targeted at improving teachers’ content and pedagogical knowledge and skills. The intent of the project is to provide opportunities for teachers of U.S. History to gain a personal, applicable understanding of traditional American history. As such, there are four overall project objectives:

  • Objective 1: Increase teachers’ knowledge of American history.
  • Objective 2: Increase the percentage of teachers who participate in at least 75% of professional development hours offered by the project.
  • Objective 3: Increase teachers’ use of American history teaching best practices.
  • Objective 4: Raise student achievement in American history.

Project activities include professional development:

  • 1) Seminars
  • 2) Summer Academies
  • 3) Field Research
  • 4) Independent Study
  • 5) In-class support

Annual professional development content includes:

  • 1) Year 1: Profiles & Perspectives of Colonial America and the early Republic
  • 2) Year 2: Profiles & Perspectives on 19th century America
  • 3) Year 3: Profiles & Perspectives on 20th century America
  • 4) Year 4: Profiles & Perspectives on American foreign policy
  • 5) Year 5: Profiles & Perspectives on critical American issues